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Is there a well known Italian proverb, myth, poem etcetera which involves two white stones? In a book by Marco Malvaldi a character writes in his diary: "Di conto mio, occorrerà che faccia come nella storia dei due sassi bianchi e trovi un modo per togliermi d'impicio all svelta; ...."
I have Googled in Italian and English and found nothing. (Two white stones feature in the chariot race in the Iliad but that context does not seem to fit here.) Any suggestions please?
I think it refers to this chinese story:
I'm not quite sure, but I might have heard a similar story in my childhood in Italy. Does it fit into your context?
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Oh, danke, Brele, hatte ich doch glatt überlesen ;-)
@Arjuni: thanks for the Chinese story - the context is quite different, however, so I think that it can't be the one that Malvaldi is thinking of.
And sorry for the extra t in the title - I proofread before posting but it still escaped me!
Even if the context is different: obviously the person is in a difficult situation and has to find a solution to get out of it (per togliermi d'impiccio) – he could mention the tale of the stones just meaning he has to think of a ruse.
Thanks Arjuni - on reflection that does make sense for me.